Daniel, Luke, James, Beau, and Jai (left to right, top to bottom)
|Subject(s)||Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries|
Their videos mainly consisting of the five members doing pranks, performing gross-out humor on the unsuspecting public and each other, and filming mockumentaries, dares, and skits. The group has been criticized for pulling "disgusting pranks on strangers" and for engaging in "sleazy, offensive and intimidating" behaviour around babies and women.
The Janoskians' fans are known as 'Janoskianators'. They already had their second tour, "Got Cake Tour". Also have 5 songs, "Set This World on Fire", "Best Friends", "Real Girls Eat Cake", "This Freaking Song" and "That's What She Said".
The Janoskians began posting videos on YouTube in July 2011. On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park theme park. The event had to be cancelled when unexpectedly large crowds turned up. Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled a meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted 3,000 teenagers, who met the group and obtained autographs. Many fans arrived early and camped out to ensure they had a chance to meet the members.
In 2012, the Janoskians signed a contract with Sony Music Australia. Their first single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video. The Janoskians encouraged their fans to create their own videos for the song.
The Janoskians had their first charting hit in 2012 with "Set This World on Fire" peaking it at number 19 in the Australian Singles Chart, and also made it to Top 30 in New Zealand and Top 100 in the UK. The follow up single "Best Friends" reached number 30 in Australia also charting in New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. The Janoskians had scheduled a meet and greet at the Wet Seal store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on 13 October 2013. The group expected only expecting a few hundred people, but when thousands of fans arrived, the event was cancelled and the mall was evacuated.
On 22 February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meet-up in Times Square, New York. 20,000 fans arrived, hoping to meet the group to get autographs. Police closed off 7th Avenue at 43rd Street for several hours and hustled the group into Foxwoods Theater, leaving the waiting fans disappointed.
"This Fuckin Song" was their new 2014 release. A clean radio-friendly version has also been launched retitled "This Freakin Song". Both were released on 29 July 2014 on Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings. This was followed by another new release titled "That's What She Said".
The group's members are:
- Beau Brooks, born 31 July 1993
- Jai Brooks, born 3 May 1995
- Luke Brooks, born 3 May 1995
- Daniel Sahyounie, born 31 October 1994
- James Yammouni, born 27 February 1996
As of October 2014, the group's YouTube channel has over 1.73 million subscribers. Aside from their original and main channel, "Janoskians," they have three additional channels where they regularly post videos: "JanoskiansBlog," "DareSundays," and "TwinTalkTime." The Janoskians also credit Twitter and Facebook for their success; Each member of the group has over a million followers on Twitter, and all of them use it, along with Facebook, to regularly and directly interact with their fans.
Their first video was uploaded in September 2011., and their early videos were initially intended to be a way to show off their pranks to personal friends, but as time went on, they became popular among the general public. In an interview, a member said their video, "Awkward Train Situations" was a part of the beginning of their, "kick-off" launch as a label.
The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour, and pushing their boundaries too far. Media commentator Prue MacSween stated that, "Their act - if you can call it that - is so juvenile, and I think really irresponsible. It's astounding the power of the internet now. It just tells you that this global audience can be viral and suddenly nobodies with very little talent can suddenly be known by the world." The boys deny that they're being bad role models, arguing everyone realises it's all an act, and in defence of the criticisms they said:
"It’s what we want to do. We want to push the boundaries, we just want the reactions out of people. Each single person that we do it to, we go and say ‘sorry this is what we're doing it for, this is the purpose’ and they're cool with it. If they're not we don’t put it up. We are normal children. The clips are just an act at the end of the day, just entertainment."
The Janoskians then took to Twitter to mock Prue MacSween for her comments by opening up the Twitter account 'Prune McSwineflu' (@MsMcSwineflu) after they featured the parody character in one of their YouTube videos.
Cyberbullying and lawsuit
A hate and bullying campaign rose against the Janoskians, which allegedly later went on to the courts, although this has not been verified by the group themselves. The alleged reasoning for legal action was the scamming of an auction which was set up by the group. Prior to this, a hate page was created on Facebook with more than 19,000 fans whom have left threats of violence along with racist and homophobic slurs towards the group. Victoria police stated that they were not intervening with the allegations and wouldn't comment whether they were investigating the hate page or the creator of it.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2012||"Set This World on Fire"||19||—||23||91||Non-album singles|
|2014||"Real Girls Eat Cake"||63||—||—||37|
|"This Freakin Song" /
"This Fuckin Song"
|"That's What She Said"||—||—||—||—||"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
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